The Secular Religion of Fandom: Pop Culture Pilgrim
Publication Year: 2016
Media pilgrimage has become a booming business in the 21st century. Fans of television shows, rock groups and books flock to places associated with their favorite series, artist or writer, trying to embody and perhaps understand what inspired the beloved piece of work, and, more importantly, to cobble together their own personal identity, seeking meaning in an ever–more divergent and fast-paced world. At the same time, participation in organized group activities are dropping. One of the largest down turns in the US and the UK can be seen in the steep decline of attendance at traditional religious venues. This trend dovetails with the radical uptick in on–line sites dedicated to pop culture and celebrities, as well as an array of niche–focused real–time tours allowing fans ...
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To Mary McPherson – for being a truly uplifting, open, beautiful, gracious, courageous soul. Thank you for letting me be in your life.
To the mighty Chris Rojek – for being an unerring source of inspiration, support, knowledge, therapy, vino, friendship and overall amazingness. I am forever in awe at my luck in knowing you.[Page vi]
About the Author
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This would not have happened without my fabulous publisher, Chris Rojek, who has been an inspiration and supportive force throughout my entire life in the UK.
Thank you to all of my friends and family around the world who endlessly believe in me and make me feel like anything is possible. This book could not have happened without you. Special big hugs and kisses to Chris Baptie, Adrian Bossey, Alix Brodie-Wray, Gail Crowther, Niamh Downing, Leslie Dotson Van Every, Dan Heichel, Melissa Hidalgo, Krista Thorne-Yocam, Tom Ware, and the McPherson family. A special huge thank you to my family at the Oregon Music Hall of Fame (www.omhof.org) for changing my life so radically – Janeen Rundle, Inessa Anderson, Marc Baker, Bill Frith, Randy Hunzeker, J. Michael Kearsey, David Little, Geoff Metts, Wayne Pierce, Penny Williams, and especially my most worshipped and wonderful friend Terry Currier.
For the man I did not think existed – my wonderful, smart, and endlessly supportive husband James – I love you more than words can say.[Page xii]
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